Hello everyone and thank you once again for your good wishes.
Looking back at what I posted on April 5th, It would be true to say that I could post exactly the same text today as nothing much seems to have changed. As such, it is difficult not to feel a sense of foreboding that the hoped for improvement will not materialise and I will forever have to endure walking with an aid or using a wheelchair.
However, I don't think that the healing process and "convalescence" is by any means complete: I still have some residual sensitivity to the right side of my right upper thigh (why there I don't know) and there is a very distinct temperature difference between my left and right kneecaps, with the right (the "bad" one) being quite noticeably hot compared to the left. So, something is still going on there! My right leg is still not straight and despite all the exercises that I do, it's slow to straighten although it is, again very slowly, doing so. I am nowhere near to having sufficient strength to put my full weight on the leg.
The most significant difference between my current situation and that after my original replacement is that I now find that on getting out of bed or on getting up after sitting for a while the knee is a little stiff and achy but once I get mobile the pain ebbs away. This is the complete reverse of what happened before and is, to some extent encouraging.
All I can do is keep plodding on and hope that things will change for the better, not just for me but even more so for my wife who has to do so much running around after me and doing things that I used to do.
Looking on the bright side, I do the ironing, I prepare the evening tea and for the last few days I have been cleaning all the surfaces in our conservatory albeit mostly from my wheelchair save for the fact I managed to get up a small step ladder today to reach the higher bits, which was a first this time around. Stairs are less of a problem than they were, despite falling down a flight of seven steps recently. Fortunately I did this feet first so all that was hurt was my dignity. I can drive again.
In conclusion I am worried, I am a little downhearted but I am still optimistic that things will change for the better. As they say: Hope springs eternal......
Kind Regards, Jim